- 1982 - C Chris Stewart was born in Fontana, California. He joined the Pirates via trade in 2014, and hit .294 as Russ Martin’s caddy while providing solid defense. Stew signed a $1.225M deal for this season, and should back up Francisco Cervelli. He’s familiar with the drill; he played behind both Cervelli and Martin as a Yankee, too.
|Chris Stewart (Charles Leclaire/USA Today)|
- 2004 - The Pirates signed 1B Randall Simon to an $800,000 FA contract months after trading him to the Cubs following his sausage-swatting incident in Milwaukee. He spent 26 days on the DL with a bad hammy, hit .194 upon his return and was released in August.
|Randall Simon (Peter Diana/Post Gazette)|
- 2012 - The Pirates had AJ Burnett drop in their laps. The Yankees sent him to Pittsburgh for farm hands Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones and agreed to pay $20M of the $33M remaining on the last two years of his contract. AJ went 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA before joining the Phils for an injury-plagued 2014 season. He returned to the Bucco fold in 2015 for his farewell campaign with a team-friendly $8.5M deal.
|AJ Burnett (Matt Freed/Post Gazette)|